You’d think the schedule might ease up now that the Clips are finishing their annual Grammys trip. Nope. They’ve lost four in a row — plus Blake Griffin — and must see 12 teams with winning records in the next 15 games in what Elias says is the toughest slate in that span among West playoff teams.
The Clippers dropped from 4th to 10th in just a week. And with Blake Griffin being out for a few weeks—and with this tough schedule ahead of us—I could see us dropping even lower during the rest of this month. I could also see Doc Rivers bringing in additional help sooner than he anticipated.
Neil Paine, writing for FiveThirtyEight:
The Los Angeles Clippers dropped seven spots in the rankings, and it’s not hard to see why. Since last Monday, they’ve gone 0-4 with an abysmal -13.7 efficiency differential, including a league-worst defensive rating of 121.1. (Granted, they faced the teams that were ranked No. 7, No. 8 and No. 9 in last week’s ratings, all on the road, but -13.7 is still disappointing for a team we’d ranked No. 2 overall a week ago.) Adding injury to insult, All-Star Blake Griffin is out indefinitely with an elbow infection, joining Glen Davis and sharpshooter J.J. Redick on the bench. The resulting lineup shuffling is expected to cost L.A. more than 3 points of power rating, even without considering their slide in play over the past week.